Today in disaster resilience (6 August 2021)

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Wildfires burn across Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey in heatwave bringing temperatures above 40C

Western Wildfires May Take Weeks To Months To Contain

Wildfires destroy entire villages, death toll rises to 4, Turkey

Afghanistan – Red Crescent Confirms 113 Flood Deaths in Nuristan Province

Colombia – Floods Affect 50,000 After Rivers Overflow in Arauca

Chad – Thousands Affected by Floods in Five Regions

Turkey appeals for help to fight wildfires as heatwave continues

Niger – Floods Leave Over 30 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed

Wildfires reach outskirts of Athens during scorching heatwave

South Sudan: Flooding Kills 7 in South Sudan’s Unity State, Official Says

India – Air Force Helicopters Rescue Dozens From Rooftops in West Bengal Floods

Philippines – 1 Missing, Thousands Displaced as Southwest Monsoon Causes Floods and Landslides

USA – 1 Dead as Severe Flash Floods Hit Utah for Second Time in a Week

Record Wildfires and Heat Sweep Across Greece, Threatening Historic Sites

India – Thousands Stranded in Madhya Pradesh After Rivers Reach Record Highs

Sudan – Floods Cause Deaths, Destroy Homes in 3 States

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Aug 2021: Pacaya volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay

Site of first ancient Olympics at risk as fires rage in Greece

India – Fatalities After Floods and Rain in Rajasthan

Italy – Evacuations After More Flooding in Areas Around Lake Como

Iran – Floods Affect 10 Provinces, Red Crescent Reports 8 Fatalities

Trinidad and Tobago – Flash Floods Wreck Homes and Vehicles

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adapt or die. That is the stark challenge to living in the new world we have made

Greenland experienced ‘massive’ ice melt this week, scientists say

You’re living on a heat island—

Germany’s floods highlight need for urgent climate action

In fast-warming world, Tokyo is barometer for future Olympics

Strengthening climate resilience through better flood management

State of the UK climate 2020

In summer of apocalyptic weather, concerns emerge over climate science blind spot

New report: State of the science on western wildfires, forests and climate change

This is the impact of extreme weather on lives and livelihoods

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability

How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather

When the desert becomes flooded: climate change in Chad

Africa’s most populous city is battling floods and rising seas. It may soon be unliveable, experts warn

UN Climate Panel Contends With Models Showing Implausibly Fast Warming

Seismic waves reveal the Arctic is on shaky ground

Five lessons from the Global South on climate-related disasters

Australian Bushfires Had a Bigger Climate Impact Than the Pandemic in 2020

Vast wildfires in Russia’s Yakutia have already set an emissions record

Predicting droughts and floods: why we’re studying 19th-century ocean records

Relentlessly hotter: Sizzling heat increasingly the norm in Israel, data shows

Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse

Meals on Wheels prepares to check on seniors as metro area heat wave begins

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021

World to hit temperature tipping point 10 years faster than forecast

Disaster risk reduction

August edition – Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter

Campaigners call for national flash flood alert system as extreme rain ‘puts millions at risk’

China floods: did Zhengzhou’s ‘smart’ flood prevention system fail to prevent the disaster?

Flood protection and land value creation — Not all resilience investments are created equal

California fire hazard zone map

Africa’s largest yearly floods are more strongly linked to regions’ annual peaks in soil moisture than to annual peaks in precipitation

The race to save the Underground from flooding

How Wildfires Threaten U.S. Water Supplies

Latest edition of Floodplain Manager newsletter

Sea Levels Influence Eruptions On Volcanic Island

How implementing Sendai could have saved Beirut

Understanding Typhoon and Earthquake Risk in Japan

New global map shows populations are growing faster in flood-prone areas

Flood mapping start-up: Cloud to Street

Enhancing early warning systems in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Nature-based solutions in China: Financing “sponge cities” for integrated urban flood management

Community insurance against climate change, wildfires in California, and the need for forward-looking wildfire loss modelling

Near real-time global fire map;l:country-outline;@0.0,0.0,3z

A Road Map For Adapting Dry Forests To New Fire Regimes

Evaluating 9 m of near-surface transpressional displacement during the Mw 7.8 2016 Kaikōura earthquake: re-excavation of a pre-earthquake paleoseismic trench, Kekerengu Fault, New Zealand

Germany flood risks were clearly underestimated

Emergency management

July edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Tokyo’s New COVID-19 Infections Hit A Record Again, Topping 4,000 For The First Time

Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19

Death toll in Afghanistan floods tops 100, dozens still missing

Fauci: More ‘pain and suffering’ ahead as COVID cases rise

Sweden daily Covid deaths hit zero, with human liberty still intact

How extensive were the adverse health effects of bushfire smoke in the summer of 2019/20?

Covid is surging in Florida. Doctors and nurses are back in crisis mode

More firefighters needed to protect Victoria’s snow gums, report recommends

WHO calls for moratorium on vaccine booster shots as global infections surpass 200M

County Vaccination Coverage and COVID-19 Case Rates

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How Hamburg recovered after the catastrophic flood of 1962

Consultation hub for Scotland’s draft flood risk management plans

Wakayama University students create disaster prevention booklet for children in ‘easy Japanese’

Ring the alarm: it’s time for US schools to have climate disaster drills

Weather, Climate, and Narrative: A Relational Model for Democratizing Risk Communication

Words into Action guideline: Man-made/technological hazards

Effect of health belief model on flood-risk educational approach among elementary school children in Malaysia

Psychology and disasters

Fully Vaccinated but Anxious About a Return to Normal Life? You May Have ‘Cave Syndrome’

Psychology researchers offer better tool for visualizing hurricane danger

Wildfires Ignite Mental Health Concerns

Extreme floods change men’s risk preferences, and it could matter for financing climate adaptation measures

Australians are three times more worried about climate change than COVID. A mental health crisis is looming

Australians report climate change as a bigger concern than COVID-19

Sociology and disasters

Homeless scramble to survive rare cold snap, Brazil

Over 50% of people in high income countries vaccinated compared to 1% in low income countries

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most

Does social capital contribute to prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic? Empirical evidence from China

Disaster and the lived politics of the resilient city

The Genealogy of Disaster


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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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